Readers took to the Laurel Patch site this week, weighing in on everything from one state senator's call to move past gambling and the Laurel Council's push to pass its annual budget, and give more opportunities to minorities.
Senator Muse on Gambling "The simplest solution would be to get rid of Mike Miller. He has had too much power for too long. Without him the gambling interest would not have a foothold."
Laurel Council Begins Work on 2013 Budget "Gee, it's too bad that more realistic assessments caused that taxes collected last year to drop so much. My payments were going up 10% every year for the last ten years. What inflation index anywhere has risen that precipitously over the same period? They won't be able to blow smoke about minuscule tax rate reductions while in actuality collecting massively more each year due to unrealistic property value assessments. Let's see some real cost cutting this time, not just maintenance of the status quo."
Council Oks Measure for Women, Minority Contractors "I hope it's true that “This legislation doesn’t allow the groups to be favored in anyway.” It's good to make sure contracting programs are open to all, that bidding opportunities are widely publicized beforehand, and that no one gets discriminated against because of skin color, national origin, or sex. But that means no preferences because of skin color, etc. either--whether it's labeled a "set-aside," a "quota," or a "goal," since they all end up amounting to the same thing."